- Category: General Dentistry
Gingivitis left untreated will progress into periodontal disease causing irreversible bone and tooth loss. Prevention and early detection is crucial and can be easily controlled with proper hygiene and regular visits to your dental office for examinations and cleanings at least twice a year.
You can prevent the development of gingivitis by brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing in between teeth at least once a day. name may wish to prescribe an antimicrobial mouthwash to deter the colonization of bacteria and suggest healthier options for a diet better suited for the preservation of your oral health.
Something as simple as choosing the right toothbrush can also aid in preventing injury to the gums which, if irritated may become more susceptible to gingivitis. Choose a tooth brush with soft bristles so as not to injure the gum tissue. Also, some electronic toothbrushes come equipped with timers that help to encourage better oral health habits. Brushing too hard or excessively can actually cause more damage than benefit. Brushing your teeth gently for two minutes at least twice a day and flossing afterwards will ensure you maintain healthy teeth and gums while simultaneously preventing gingivitis and other oral health problems from forming.